Talents canvassed: Former Ballina High School Year 12 art student Paul Tran has had his HSC artworks selected for exhibition at the Art Gallery of NSW and the Seymour Centre in Sydney and in the ArtExpress 2010 touring exhibition of works by HSC students.
Talents canvassed: Former Ballina High School Year 12 art student Paul Tran has had his HSC artworks selected for exhibition at the Art Gallery of NSW and the Seymour Centre in Sydney and in the ArtExpress 2010 touring exhibition of works by HSC students. Jay Cronan

Paul's art chosen for exhibition

PAUL TRAN is fresh out of high school and already painting the national art scene red.

The former Ballina High School student recently had his HSC artworks hand-picked by the NSW Board of Studies to be featured in an exhibition at the Seymour Centre in Sydney.

Paul, 18, was one of only 11 other students in NSW to have his Visual Arts body of work – which he completed for assessment in Year 12 last year – on show as part of the celebrated exhibition.

Titled Distorted Symphony, Paul’s project is a collection of pieces inspired by musical instruments.

Despite the delicate and detailed final product, Paul admits it was a long process of trial and error.

“I tried a few ideas before this, but I decided I liked this idea and it looked good,” the Ballina resident said.

“It took me about three or four months to do. Everyone in Year 12 is marked for their work, but then you might get nominated (for the work to be on display) by the Board of Studies.

“I felt really proud because only so many students were nominated for it.”

Paul’s art was on display at the Seymour Centre for a few days before going on show at the Art Gallery of NSW in Sydney and currently in Taree as part of another exclusive exhibition he was selected for.

The ArtExpress 2010 exhibition features a variety of outstanding works completed by Visual Arts students for their HSC component last year. The exhibition travels around Australia, displaying the art at various galleries.

Despite having two notable artistic achievements under his belt, Paul, who now studies Visual Arts at Southern Cross University, hopes to branch into something else.

“I want to start cartooning,” he said.



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